A Jewish Labour MP has shared some of the vile abuse she received after former leader Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from the party.
Dame Margaret Hodge’s Twitter post contained several shocking anti-Semitic tropes, unsustained claims and general abuse.
In a follow-up tweet she said: “This abuse is not normal. This is why zero tolerance matters. This is why people have to take responsibility for their actions.”
On Wednesday, the leader of the Labour Party Sir Keir Starmer decided not to return the whip to Jeremy Corbyn after he was readmitted to the party.
This means he will sit as an independent MP in parliament, despite being an official member of the Labour Party.
Speaking on the BBC’s Today programme, Dame Margaret suggested she would have left the party if Corbyn had been readmitted to the Parliamentary Labour Party and Starmer’s actions “did a lot to restore his credibility”.
Dame Margaret said: “It was completely wrong for the party to let Corbyn back in under a process that was shown, again, to be broken and politically corrupted, and I think it was completely right of Keir Starmer to deny Jeremy Corbyn the whip.”
The equalities watchdog has ordered Labour to establish an independent process to deal with anti-Semitism issues, rather than the system which dealt with Corbyn’s case.
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The decision not to restore the whip to Corbyn has been met with anger by many on the left of the party as well as his former allies that served on his shadow cabinet when he was leader.
Former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, an ally of Corbyn, questioned whether Starmer would ever have been elected leader if members knew how he would act against his predecessor.
She said excluding Corbyn was “wrong” and Starmer’s actions were “no way to unite the party”.
Abbott was one of more than 30 MPs and peers in the left-wing Socialist Campaign Group calling for Corbyn to have the whip restored.
The group said: “The decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn is wrong and damaging to the Labour Party.”
Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite – Labour’s biggest donor – said the refusal to restore the whip to Corbyn was “vindictive and vengeful” as he urged Starmer to “pull back from the brink”.